January 12, 2014

U.S. Should Copy Amsterdam's Beer-for-Work Scheme

N. De Visser, The Daily Beast

The Associated Press

In Amsterdam, alcoholic street people are doing public service work and getting paid each day, in part, with cans of beer. They’re cleaning playgrounds, picking up trash, and then kicking back with a cold one. As a result not only are the public spaces getting tidier, the people in the program are starting to clean up their acts in a city where drunken indigents are known for generating a lot of petty crime and random violence.

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